Saturday, February 3, 2007

Laila Ali Scores KO In First Round In South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Laila Ali successfully defended her WBC and WIBA world titles Saturday, knocking out Gwendolyn O'Neil in the first minute of the first round of their scheduled 10-round super middleweight fight.

Ali, the daughter of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, headlined the first women's professional boxing match in South Africa. The 29-year-old Ali improved to 24-0 with 21 knockouts.

"I have my cell phone back in the dressing room, and I will be giving my father a call," she said.

It took only two stiff straight rights from Ali before English referee Ian John Lewis counted out the challenger from Guyana.

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